The Three Main Causes Of Roof Damage And How To Fend Them Off

Having to call the roofing company to repair or even replace your roof is never fun -- and always a bit costly. Instead of waiting for damage to happen, why not take a preventative approach? Here's a look at three main causes of roof damage and how to fend each of them off.

Wind

Wind can wreak havoc on a roof in so many ways. It can catch the edges of shingles that are already a bit loose, peeling them off completely. It can dislodge tree branches and drop them on your roof, or even peel back flashing that seals off a chimney or vent.

To protect your roof from wind, make sure you regularly check for loose shingles. If you see any that are beginning to peel, drive a nail into their edge and then cover the top of the nail with a little roofing cement. Have the trees in your yard trimmed regularly, and if you see any cracking or damaged branches, always have them removed before a storm. Check your flashing for signs of wear, like rust or missing rivets, and have your roofing company replace damaged flashing before it also leads to water damage once wind peels it back.

Shade

Having a pretty tree overhanging your roof may sound beautiful, but in fact, shade is terrible for roofs. It makes your roof the ideal location for moss growth -- and moss can quickly erode your shingles. If you have a tree overhanging your roof, consider having the overhanging branches cut back. If this is not an option -- or if the shade is caused by another building rather than by a tree -- you can have metal strips installed along the peak of the roof. Then, whenever it rains, the water will carry ions from the metal down over the shingles. This will help deter moss and algae from growing.

Ice

Those icicles on the edge of your roof may look pretty, but they're terrible for your roof. They work their way under shingles, leading to leaks. They can also bend your gutters and warp the wooden underlayment of your roof. To keep ice formations at bay, get into the habit of raking snow off your roof whenever there's a big storm. This keeps it from melting and trickling down the roof. Improving your attic insulation will also help, as it reduces the amount of heat that escapes from the roof, preventing the snow from melting.

For more info about how to care for your roof, contact a roofing company.


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